In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee

In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee

Friday, December 8th, 2017 11:11pm CST

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Chefatron has posted a video review of the entire set of the 4.5" figures part of a new generic line simply labeled "Transformers". This video features Megatron, Optimus Prime, Starscream and Bumblebee. Each of these transform in 3-4 steps but have a very different range of articulation from one figure to the next, as we find out in the video. Megatron and Starscream, for instance have ball jointed elbows which both Bumblebee and Optimus Prime lack. The size between the toys is also slightly different though in general they are all around 4.5", which means between a current day legends and deluxe class toy. Due to their simplicity, they are however at a price point lower than even a legion class toy (a toy half its size).

Another very interesting fact from this video is where it was found, Toysrus. This means that while this line may have been leaked as being for value chains, it can also be found in big box retailers, at least in the Philippines, which is the only place these toys have been found so far. We already posted a pictorial review for Optimus Prime here which includes more comparison images to other toy classes but the video below gives us our best look yet at all these toys and their level of complexity. We have also included screenshots of the video. Let us know what you think!



Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

Transformers News: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream

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Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1925915)
Posted by Mindmaster on December 9th, 2017 @ 1:39am CST
Megatron, judging from the photos, actually looks decent. Relieved that the fusion cannon can be put on the correct arm. Depending on how I feel if I saw him in person, I’d probably grab one to replace the 2013 Legends fella.

Starscream, my boy, is wasted potential. If he had more blue to break up the cream gray, I’d’ve liked him more. Like, the jet mode sucks, but I like the robot. I might get him and just paint the missing blue on there myself.

I feel like they gave up on Optimus and Bumblebee. I’m sure a really little kid would love them but for me, no thanks. :SICK:
Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1925925)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on December 9th, 2017 @ 3:07am CST
Bee and Optimus are complete garbage... For a collector's perspective, of course. Bland bricks with fake-everything. Great for little kids, a pass for me.

Megs look decent enough.

Starsvream is the clear winner here. Completely articulated bot mode make him posable like a ninja. I do forgive his altmode because for a transforming jet, being an obvious bot stuck under a jet is a funny trope/meme. This will be the only toy for this line to get for me.
Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1925927)
Posted by Emerje on December 9th, 2017 @ 3:18am CST
Yeah, it's really strange how they went out of their way to add knees and elbows to Starscream that aren't part of his transformation, but Optimus and Bee lack elbows because they aren't need to transform them. It's so strange, especially when there are better ways to do that Optimus and they chose a fake chest over a transformation with elbows.

Emerje
Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1925930)
Posted by Stuartmaximus on December 9th, 2017 @ 4:06am CST
Btw I dunno why people are having a problem with a fake chest on toys! coz Optimus has always had one, so has Jetfire(not the Bayformer one) and I'm sure that some other figs have too
Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1925958)
Posted by DMSL on December 9th, 2017 @ 11:47am CST
Waste of plastic IMO, pass.

:BANG_HEAD:
Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1925979)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on December 9th, 2017 @ 2:53pm CST
Stuartmaximus wrote:Btw I dunno why people are having a problem with a fake chest on toys! coz Optimus has always had one, so has Jetfire(not the Bayformer one) and I'm sure that some other figs have too


Optimus often has a real chest, though sometimes his abs are "faked." I can understand a fake chest when toy designers are trying to match an on-screen look or something that was designed for media first, because those designs are often more complicated to translate into a legitimate transformation between robot and alt mode. But, these toys aren't based on anything pre-existing, which means, for me, that the less fake kibble, the better, as far as design goes. Hasbro went with a LOT of weird choices for this line. None of these look appealing at all, which is fine, because I doubt they were made with me or any other collectors in mind.
Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1926091)
Posted by deliciouspeter on December 10th, 2017 @ 6:45pm CST
Hot garbage.
Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1926096)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on December 10th, 2017 @ 6:59pm CST
deliciouspeter wrote:Hot garbage.


You think those are hot?

Okay then...
Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1926099)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on December 10th, 2017 @ 7:16pm CST
-Kanrabat- wrote:
deliciouspeter wrote:Hot garbage.


You think those are hot?

Okay then...


Hot garbage is especially smelly garbage, not sexy or fashionable garbage. Think of an open dumpster on a hot summer day. Yeah, that kind of stench is not pleasant.
Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1927109)
Posted by william-james88 on December 17th, 2017 @ 3:03pm CST
While we have had sightings and in depth reviews of all four toys part of the new 4.5" Transformers toyline, we never got the actual stock images. Any image would be given in the form of Weibo leaks. And the reason is simple, there have been no listings, even though the toys are out already in the Philippines.

Finally, we have listings on Amazon (not currently in stock though) with the official stock images in high resolution. These fnally give us the stock images for Bumblebee and Optimus Prime's robot modes and Megatron and Starscream's vehicle modes. Them being on Amazon means that these are not destined to just be for dollar stores and the like but instead readily available at mass retail. This was already hinted by them appearing at Toysrus in the Philippines.

The listings also lists this as the "Authentics" line which was a word we previously saw on the Chinese language instructions. Of course, Amazon tends to list the computer listings as they appear (for instance, all the celestial code names for the movie toys) so while we know Authentics appears in the listing name, it is still unknown if that is the actual name of this series or just listing code from a bad translation. Authentics is not an actual word and could be based on the small logo we see on all Tranformers boxes. It is similar to how the listing for the "Chaos on Velocitron" set was in Toysrus' computer as the "Generations Speed set". Those are two very different names, so what do you call it? And what would you call this line?

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Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1927114)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on December 17th, 2017 @ 3:50pm CST
Now we can see how horrible, horrible they all are in glorious HD!

Seriously, Rescue Bots do the kiddie Transformers WAY better.
Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1927121)
Posted by Me Grimlock King on December 17th, 2017 @ 5:58pm CST
They look like Happy Meal Toys and sad ones at that :BANG_HEAD: :michaelbay:
Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1927122)
Posted by Quantum Surge on December 17th, 2017 @ 6:10pm CST
Bee looks like a Happy Meal version of T30 Legends Bee with a weird altmode design, Megatron looks good but the tank treads make him look like he has backpack straps, Optimus is sad and confused about his alt mode and bot mode being meshed into one design, and Starscream is almost good except for the lack of blue and the nosecone being slapped onto his crotch.

I know these weren't meant for collectors, but if these are supposed to go with the word "Authentics", then they make the upscaled Legends figures have a better bang for your buck than these things.
Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1927123)
Posted by Glarryg on December 17th, 2017 @ 6:29pm CST
Why do the Decepticons get elbows and the Autobots don't? Man, Epps was right...


Glarryg
Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1927138)
Posted by Microraptor on December 17th, 2017 @ 9:55pm CST
While they're alright for what they are, an inexpensive and uncomplicated effigy of a kid's favorite character, it's pretty weird how the decepticons have so much more EFFORT put into them.
Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1927139)
Posted by Emerje on December 17th, 2017 @ 10:11pm CST
It really seems like the line isn't called "Authentic" since the same logo shows up on all Transformers figures now. Maybe we should just call it "Transformers 2017" until the cartoon gives us a proper name.

Emerje
Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1927144)
Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on December 17th, 2017 @ 10:29pm CST
Emerje wrote:It really seems like the line isn't called "Authentic" since the same logo shows up on all Transformers figures now. Maybe we should just call it "Transformers 2017" until the cartoon gives us a proper name.

Emerje


Or just the generic line without a year. "Authentics" can be a nickname, like "GDO series".
Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1927146)
Posted by Emerje on December 17th, 2017 @ 11:14pm CST
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Emerje wrote:It really seems like the line isn't called "Authentic" since the same logo shows up on all Transformers figures now. Maybe we should just call it "Transformers 2017" until the cartoon gives us a proper name.

Emerje


Or just the generic line without a year. "Authentics" can be a nickname, like "GDO series".

I think "Evergreen" works better as a nickname since it isn't plastered on every figure out today.

Emerje
Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1927147)
Posted by william-james88 on December 17th, 2017 @ 11:15pm CST
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Emerje wrote:It really seems like the line isn't called "Authentic" since the same logo shows up on all Transformers figures now. Maybe we should just call it "Transformers 2017" until the cartoon gives us a proper name.

Emerje


Or just the generic line without a year. "Authentics" can be a nickname, like "GDO series".

But so could "Evergreen". And also, there wont be a show. The upcoming show is Cyberverse and while it uses those same designs, it changes the proportions similar to Transformers Animated, and that will have its own toyline. These toys themselves are not linked to any show.

I still think calling them 4.5" as the difining factor is best, since its similar to how one would distinguish between lines in other Hasbro properties like Star Wars.
Re: In Depth Look at All New Transformers 4.5" Toys in Video Review of Megatron, Optimus, Starscream and Bumblebee (1927150)
Posted by Emerje on December 18th, 2017 @ 12:57am CST
william-james88 wrote:And also, there wont be a show. The upcoming show is Cyberverse and while it uses those same designs, it changes the proportions similar to Transformers Animated, and that will have its own toyline. These toys themselves are not linked to any show.

Yet. I predict when the cartoon does come out these figures will find themselves on new packaging to tie in with them.

Emerje

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